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12/17/2014

12/17/2014

The city’s charter-school oversight came under harsh scrutiny after it submitted school renewal recommendations that state education officials said were too lenient. New York City officials had recommended allowing seven of its charter schools to stay open. The city’s own reports showed that five of the seven have been out of compliance with federal disciplinary laws.

12/17/2014

The New York State Board of Regents approved an amended regulation that will allow students to enroll in schools regardless of immigration status. The board adopted a revised regulation that brings more clarity and uniformity to the registration processes of schools across the state.

12/17/2014

Sen. Kirk Watson, a senior state senator who wants to force a legislative conversation on school finance, filed a spate of bills that would funnel millions more state dollars to public education.

12/17/2014

Alcohol and cigarette use among middle school and high school students is the lowest it's been since at least 1975, while marijuana use and the use of other illicit drugs have also decreased from 2013 to 2014, according to a University of Michigan study.

12/17/2014

Figures released by the Georgia Department of Education shows that schools across the state suffered drops in performance. The statewide score for the College and Career Ready Performance Index dropped from 2012-13’s 75.8 to 72 in the 2013-14 school year. The average score for elementary schools dipped from 77.8 to 72.6 and from 74.6 to 73.2 for middle schools.

12/16/2014

12/16/2014

Nassau County legislators are putting the brakes on school zone speed cameras after only a few months. The program has been under fire for the way it was implemented with no speed signs, flashing lights or other warnings installed where the cameras were. Problems were also found with cameras installed at six school locations.

12/16/2014

Two former ranking officials at the Coatesville Area School District mismanaged and misappropriated school funds while their struggling school system sunk deeper into debt, the Chester County district attorney alleged.

12/16/2014

A new state child protective services law will take effect in the beginning of the year. The law, among other things, expands background checks for school volunteers and requires school employees, independent school contractors and volunteers in direct contact with children to update clearances every 36 months.

12/16/2014

Utah’s public schools were hit with two performance reports with the new PACE report card and the SAGE school grading system. This year’s results largely mirror last year's grade distribution. Education officials and lawmakers agreed to mitigate the effects of the new SAGE test, which is more difficult and resulted in most students falling short of grade-level expectations.

12/16/2014

Disproportionately high transportation costs and low property tax revenues are creating funding inequities among Iowa school districts, state lawmakers acknowledged. Yet the message that came from school officials was far simpler: Whatever the funding level, it must dispensed in a more timely manner.

12/16/2014

The Detroit Public School system reported that crime-related incidents were down 24.7 percent on school campuses as compared to the first three months of school in 2013. According to data compiled by the DPS Police Department on the district’s schools and buildings, reported incidents dropped from 456 to 343.

12/16/2014

Louisiana's Recovery School District can't locate $7 million in property, including computers and equipment, according to a new audit. The review says the number of missing items has grown significantly since last year.

12/16/2014

An investigation into suspicious test booklets from Beacon Hill International School is intensifying as school district officials bring in a handwriting expert to try and figure out who may have tampered with students' answers.

12/15/2014

12/15/2014

With the city's historic municipal bankruptcy squarely in the rearview mirror, Snyder and others are turning a greater focus toward repairing Detroit's vast network of publicly financed schools run by 14 different operators: Detroit Public Schools, the Education Achievement Authority and a dozen different charter school authorizers.

12/15/2014

Efforts to reduce facility costs at charter schools have cornered some in unexpected places around Anchorage. Winterberry bounced among two churches and an old U.S. Geological Survey facility before moving to its current newly built home

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